Damien Hardwick:Tiger’s Loss Left a Sour Taste
Coach Damien Hardwick, Richmond’s coach told reports that the recent bad game with Melbourne left a rather disappointing mood with his team and said that they should move forward as soon as possible to get on track again this time with Geelong. Trent Cotchin slammed the 2-2 Tigers last Friday night mentioning that they were “not […]
Coach Damien Hardwick, Richmond’s coach told reports that the recent bad game with Melbourne left a rather disappointing mood with his team and said that they should move forward as soon as possible to get on track again this time with Geelong. Trent Cotchin slammed the 2-2 Tigers last Friday night mentioning that they were “not tough enough “after failing to get the contested ball with a 161-153 standing and just kicking in 6 goals in the surprising loss to the Demons.
The team was still feeling down when they arrived at Punt Road Oval, Coach Damien said and prepared to study the match in details this coming Monday but he was having high hopes of reclaiming the Tiger’s fortunes. Damien said: “I think it’s just tidying up a few things we know we can do and in the past we’ve shown we’re capable of it. It’s just a matter of doing it consistently,” he said.
“That’s where we’re at as group. Whether it changes straight away, whether it takes a week or two, it’s just those constant behaviours that will make us a better group.
“You never want to disappoint your coach, especially on behaviours that we respect very highly.
“We’ll challenge each other as a playing group, whether that is on the track or in the game next week; to make sure our performance is more consistent.”
The Tigers would be facing a rather tough month ahead beginning this coming Saturday with a game set against the Cats before their anticipated matches with North Melbourne, Collingwood, and Port Adelaide.
While concentrating on addressing some drawbacks, the coach said his team should not dwell on what happened during last Friday’s match.
Damien also said: “I think the great thing about our group is we’re pretty aware of whether we’re disappointing or not. It comes back to us and how strong we want to be on each other,” he said.
“We want to take it to the best teams and that’s our challenge, to make sure every week we give ourselves an opportunity to win a game of footy.
“I think at times we show we’re capable of it but there are too many times in between where it’s not.
“We need to have a really positive week on the track. What happened on Friday night is in the past now. We’ll review it accordingly today and make sure we’re at our best on Saturday.
Vice-captain Brett Deledio would be assessed by the Tigers later this week to gauge if he is capable of coming back after being stricken with a calf injury but Ben Griffiths with the looks of it is going to miss at least 1 match.
Meanwhile, Conchin also mentioned that Debutant Nathan Drummond is facing up to 12 months on the sidelines after a rupture in his anterior cruciate ligament and also said the 20-year-old would be getting plenty of support in his recovery.